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17-year-old stabbed in Zeeland, police investigating


ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 17-year-old boy was rushed into surgery after being stabbed Friday night in Zeeland, according to police.

Authorities responded to the 100 block of S. Pine around 6 o'clock, on a report of a victim with a stab wound to the chest.

After arriving on-scene, investigators say they learned the victim had been sitting on a bench outside City on a Hill Ministries when his attacker approached and stabbed him.

The male attacker then fled from the scene. The victim was transported to the hospital before police arrived.

Police say there were no helpful witnesses. When asked if the incident appeared to be gang-related, Zeeland Police Chief Bill Olney said that hadn't yet been determined.

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In West Michigan's booming tech scene, talent is the final piece of the puzzle

In West Michigan's booming tech scene, talent is the final piece of the puzzle

By Stephen Thomas Kent
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

If you talk to West Michigan technology employers and entrepreneurs frequently, as we do at Rapid Growth Media, you’ll hear one refrain that pops up again and again: “Talent.” As in, “we need more of it.”

Teen killed in Holland Township stabbing


HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- One teenager is dead and another is charged with murder after a gang-related fight.

Around 11 o'clock Thursday night, two groups of teens were walking along the bike path on Riley Street near 136th Avenue. JaParis Rodgers, 18, was with one group, and 16-year-old Victor Donaldson was with another.

Investigators say the two teens had a prior disagreement, and on Thursday night, Donaldson had a weapon. Donaldson allegedly stabbed Rodgers several times; Rodgers was pronounced dead by the time he got to the hospital.

Donaldson was arrested four hours later at his home on Boer Street.

Kayaker lost in fog whistles to his rescuers


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A lost kayaker says he was rescued from Lake Michigan -- because of his whistle.

The man was headed from Holland toward Saugatuck Wednesday afternoon when he got lost in the fog. Around 1:30 p.m., he used his cell phone to call 911 for help.

Members of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department marine unit began looking for him, using sirens to signal their location to the kayaker. The man used his whistle to help deputies get a better idea of where he was.

Sheriff's deputies say that incident is an example of how important it is to have a game plan in case of an accident on the water.


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Phone, whistle help kayaker lost in Lake Mich. fog get rescued


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A kayaker's whistle helped save him after he got lost in the Lake Michigan fog Wednesday. The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says it's a reminder to be prepared when heading out on the water.

The kayaker traveled from the east side of the state to paddle on Lake Michigan. Early in the afternoon, he put in at the Holland pierhead and headed south toward Saugatuck.

The lake was relatively calm, according to Ottawa County's Sgt. Cal Keuning, but fog was becoming thick, and the kayaker got lost. Around 1:30pm, the kayaker, who had his cell phone with him, called 911 to ask for help.

A member of Ottawa County's marine unit went after the kayaker, using the boat's siren to help the kayaker find the emergency responders. Similarly, the kayaker blew his whistle to help authorities locate him. He was found about two miles south of where he entered the water.

Some win, some lose in cool West MI summer


HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The unusually cool weather over the past month is inadvertently picking favorites along the lakeshore. Some businesses that are close to the lake are losing out, while others in downtown areas are booming.

At Holland State Park, a thick blanket of fog wasn't enough Wednesday. Some visitors brought long sleeves and sweatshirts.

"We decided, 'Let's do it,' so I put on a sweatshirt and came out," says Carol Tenhaaf.

"This is our first trip to the beach where the kids have actually gotten in the water," says Stephanie Clippard.

Just down the road , Holland Water Sports is dealing with a cold spell for rentals.

"They come back and they're cold; we send blankets with the boats," says Trina Ward, co-owner of Holland Water Sports.

The boats and jet skis are still sitting at the dock.

My Town: West Michigan community leaders to help state tackle poverty

My Town: West Michigan community leaders to help state tackle poverty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Governor Snyder is naming ten more people to a panel in charge of tackling poverty in Michigan.

The Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity is a 12-member commission focused on promoting social and economic opportunities for low-income people.  Those appointed to a one year-term on the commission include Hope College graduate Jacob Maas.  The Grand Rapids native is executive director of the Area Community Services Employment and Training Council. He will represent community action agencies.